The purple gallinule is an exceptional avian species. Their striking feathers of vibrant bluish-purple with a hint of turquoise can easily draw attention to these aquatic birds.
This aquatic bird is one of the most attractive and multicolored birds that you could see in person. They catch the eye.
Both male and female purple gallinules boast the same eye-catching plumage of blue and purple, as well as a green back, a pale blue shield on their forehead, and a bill with red (upper part) and yellow (lower part) coloring.
It is fascinating to note that purple gallinules do not hatch with their stunning plumage. Juvenile birds are light brown in color, with dashes of green-bronze on their wings and back, and white under-tail coverts. It is only when they reach adulthood that they acquire their distinctive coat.
These aquatic birds are found in various regions of Central America and the Caribbean.
In their breeding season, these waterbirds will migrate to warm swamps and marshes located in the southeastern states of the United States. They construct their floating nests, and both male and female birds participate in the process. The female will lay 5-10 eggs in the nest.
Purple gallinules have a diet that includes both plant and animal matter. They consume seeds, leaves, and fruits of both aquatic and terrestrial plants. In addition to this, they also hunt for insects, frogs, spiders, snails, and fish to feed on.
These birds are also known to consume the eggs and offspring of other nesting birds.